Hanami Picnic

Public alcohol consumption or intoxication is totally frowned upon in Japan EXCEPT Hanami time! At cherry blossom viewing, people can picnic on the park ground with open alcoholic drinks and even with kegs of beer. The municipalities publish the dates that people are allowed to picnic on the ground based on the cherry blossom forecast … More Hanami Picnic

Japanese Growing Pain of Foreign Tourism – MinShuku Pain

Recently in Japan, there are growing number of homes and apartments rented to short term visitors (namely, Airbnb), and they can be a real problem if the visitors are not well versed in Japanese behavioral standards. Airbnb style of renting has not been well known within Japan until just recently, and the customer base is … More Japanese Growing Pain of Foreign Tourism – MinShuku Pain

Arashiyama Beauty

    In April 2017, I had a chance to visit Arashiyama (嵐山), Kyoto for the first time. I lived in Japan when I was young, but never had a chance to visit Arashiyama before. I loved the atmosphere in Arashiyama. It felt like a clean country side rather than the suburb of the busy … More Arashiyama Beauty

Fushimi Inari Taisha

I lived in Japan for many years when I was young, and visited Kyoto at least 5 times in the past. I have never known about Fushimi Inari Taisha until I started doing my research for my April 2017 trip. It was rated #1 in Tripadvisor Kyoto attraction. Since I didn’t know this place existed … More Fushimi Inari Taisha

Japanese Love of Hula

(Japanese-Hawaiian connection series #2) I had a great time on the cruise to Hawaii in late February to early March. I wrote about the Japanese fondness of Hawaii in my previous blog post, “Japanese Hawaiian Connection“. On the cruise, I decided to participate in Hula dance classes that were held on the days the ship … More Japanese Love of Hula